Arthur Eli Balthazor Jr.

7/21/2014

Arthur Eli Balthazor Jr., 80, died Saturday, July 19, 2014, in Wichita.

Arthur Eli Balthazor Jr., 80, died Saturday, July 19, 2014, in Wichita.

He was born Nov. 16, 1933, in Zurich to Arthur and Clara (Thyfault) Balthazor. He was a 1951 graduate of Palco High School.

He married Maralene Hadley on May 9, 1953, in Zurich. He was a U.S. Navy veteran in 1952. He enjoyed ballgames, helping on the farm, and playing with his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Paul Balthazor, Wichita, and Tony Balthazor and wife, Vicki, Palco; four daughters, Sister Becky Balthazor, Tamera DeRee and husband, Mike, and Theresa Gross, all of Wichita, and Shelley Budke, Stillwater, Okla.; two sisters, Joanna Boyles and Audrey Cone and husband, John, California; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Jennette Gennette; a brother, Hubert Balthazor; a granddaughter, Nicole Budke; and a son-in-law, Kurt Budke.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Anne's Catholic Church, Wichita; graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Pleasant View Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice or Center of Hope, Wichita.